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Franklin County EMS Program Needs Life Saving Support

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash.- Franklin County Fire District 3's EMS program has a bit of a switch up; this time they need you to save their lives.

The Board of Commissioners says the program has funding to stay afloat until about February 2014. After that their services would end. The county would have to pay for an outside service to come in. Not only would this cost more, but also they say it would take longer for responders to arrive on the scene of emergencies. Commissioners say they plan to put another measure on the ballot this election season that if passed will save the program.

"We think that we can provide better service with lower costs," explained Todd Blackman, a Fire Commissioner. "We have a great group of qualified EMS personnel here and they're very motivated and very excited about this opportunity to do something more."

With a recent 10% increase in emergency calls, more than half of those being medical emergencies, the people at Fire District 3 don't see why the program should have to end.